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first water

n.
1. The highest degree of quality or purity in diamonds or pearls.
2. The foremost rank or quality: a pianist of the first water.

[Probably translation of Arabic mā', water, water luster.]

first water

n
1. (Jewellery) the finest quality of diamond or other precious stone
2. the highest grade or best quality
3. the most extreme kind: a fool of the first water.

first′ wa′ter


n.
1. (formerly) the highest degree of fineness in a diamond or other precious stone. Compare water (def. 13).
2. the finest quality; highest rank.
[1745–55]
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Noun1.first water - the highest quality gems
high quality, superiority - the quality of being superior
References in classic literature ?
glittering from head to foot with large diamonds of the first water.
But as he leaves his home he squirts first water and next ink into his captor's face; and it was curious to see the men weaving their heads from side to side to dodge the shot.
The Crows and Blackfeet, upon the whole, are enemies worthy of each other, being rogues and ruffians of the first water.
In that sorry house it looked as out of place as a diamond of the first water in a setting of brass.
my friend, you are not only a herculean topographer, you are, still further, a dialectician of the first water.
It is a gem of the first water which Concord wears in her coronet.
Dave's just an all-round genius-- a genius of the first water, gentlemen; a great scientist running to seed here in this village, a prophet with the kind of honor that prophets generally get at home--for here they don't give shucks for his scientifics, and they call his skull a notion factory--hey, Dave, ain't it so?
To have painted the sordid facts of their lives, and they throughout invoking the death's head apparition of the family gentility to come and scare their benefactors, would have made Young John a satirist of the first water.
This was manifestly a prig of the first water, and there was no use arguing with him.
In so doing, however, she unintentionally let fall about five hundred diamonds of the first water, together with a thousand great pearls, and two thousand emeralds, rubies, sapphires, opals, and topazes, to which she had helped herself out of the king's strong box.
The man might have been a minor poet instead of an athlete of the first water.
Multan -- Agriculture spokesman said on Wednesday that farmers should apply first water to wheat crop some 20-25 days after sowing in case it was sown on land vacated by cotton, maize or sugarcane.